I’ve never really thought about how weight loss affects your mental health until recently. I’ve been thinking about the way things used to be and I can’t believe how much things have changed in just a few short months. Your mental health is directly correlated to your physical health. If you’re unhealthy and literally feel like crap all the time, you’re not going to be in a good place mentally. Trust me – I’ve been there. I don’t have any statistics or anything like that because I didn’t look them up, but I can tell you from my personal experience that your physical health greatly affects your mental health.
I’ve lost 30 pounds in a little over 2 months and I can’t tell you how amazing I feel physically and mentally! Here’s where I’m coming from – before I started this journey, I used to have problems sleeping, I wasn’t taking good care of myself, and I never wanted to go anywhere. Things are much different now and I couldn’t be happier about it. Before, I used to have such a hard time sticking to a morning routine. I wouldn’t wash my face every morning because I didn’t feel like it. But now, I never miss a morning of washing my face and my morning routine is complete well before the kids are off to school in the morning.
I was also on the waiting list to see a psychiatrist for an antidepressant before my diagnosis, at the recommendation of my therapist. I saw the psychiatrist not long after I began this journey and was prescribed Zoloft. I didn’t take it long because I was feeling so much better about myself. I haven’t taken it since and I haven’t had a recurrence of depression. The goal is to come off my meds – not add more. I had my first follow up appointment with the psychiatrist last week and she was pleased to learn how things have changed.
I no longer have issues with being happy with myself, I love going places, and I’m taking much better care of myself. I used to think of taking care of myself as being selfish, but I don’t see it that way anymore. If I don’t take care of me, all the way around, I can’t take care of anyone else. Losing 30 pounds has had such a tremendous effect on my physical and mental health that took me by surprise. I didn’t think that I would feel this good in such a short period of time, but I’m so happy I do!